August 1988

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Note from the Editors

In this issue, Number 5, we feature the Bath Fair. It is not known with certainty how many fairs have been held at Bath. The first fair was held in 1819 when the Steuben County Agricultural Society was formed.. Fairs were not held every year from the beginning of the Society. They have been held, however, continuously from 1853 on, which would make the exhibition this year the 136th consecutive fair at Bath and the 135th to be held at the same location.

Bill Treichler tells the history of the Bath Fair. Richard Sherer, who is Steuben County Historian, and a great student of New York State history and collector of historical material provided the resources for the article, both text and pictures, from his files. Dick is the editor of the Steuben County Historian's Newsletter.

Dick also contributes the story of Carter Kingsley's safe.

We continue our installments from Caroline M. Kirkland's book, A New Home, published in 1839. This month's chapter, Mrs. Danforth's Story, recounts her experiences in Michigan with her husband when that country was being settled.

The regular features which continue are 100 Years Ago in the Hammondsport Herald, the Library Events column, and the Museum Schedule columns, now on three pages. These last two features list hours and telephone numbers and coming events and activity reports at different institutions. If librarians and museum directors will send details of events they have planned for September to Martha or Bill Treichler, RD# 1, Box 415, Hammondsport, NY, 14840, by the middle of August the announcements can be printed in the September issue.

This issue also carries recent and coming writers groups events reported to us by Jean and John Rezelman. The paper will welcome reports to print of theatrical and musical activities as well as news about meetings and projects of historical societies.

Next Issue

The September issue will feature The Benjamin Patterson Inn. Also in the next issue will be an article by John Rezelman, "The Apples of Steuben County." In his article John recalls many of the great varieties that were in home orchards and how many people prolonged the apple season with varieties that ripened at different times. People relied on apples as an important food then. Most of those old orchards are gone, but people are still planting apple trees and there is a lot of interest and demand for the old varieties.

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